‘a brilliantly written novel that allows us to investigate, to ask questions about and to fear the coming of an unexpected threat’
The One Book That Shook My Faith in Nature and Humanity – Cat Sparks
“This time around, humanity requires no deity to throw it out of Eden. The garden does the job all by itself.”
Since its publication in 1956, The Death of Grass has been published in numerous editions across the world and has inspired a wide variety of cover artists
Sam Youd/John Christopher pioneered the YA dystopian fiction genre with The Tripods tetralogy, currently available from Simon & Schuster
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A post-apocalyptic vision of the world pushed to the brink by famine, John Christopher’s science fiction masterpiece The Death of Grass includes an introduction by Robert MacFarlane in Penguin Modern Classics. At first the virus...
No Blade of Grass first hit America as a seven-part serial in The Saturday Evening Post and was widely popular; its publication later that year by Simon and Schuster made it a bestseller and one of the most popular SF books of the year.
Sam Youd didn’t see the film until years after its release when it was broadcast as a late night movie. He lasted until the first advert break and then retired to bed.
The Chung-Li virus has devastated Asia, wiping out the rice crop and leaving riots and mass starvation in its wake. The rest of the world looks on with concern, though safe in the expectation that a counter-virus will be developed any day. Then Chung-Li mutates and spreads. Wheat, barley, oats, rye: no grass crop is safe, and global famine threatens.
In Britain, where green fields are fast turning brown, the Government lies to its citizens, devising secret plans to preserve the lives of a few at the expense of the many.
Getting wind of what’s in store, John Custance and his family decide they must abandon their London home to head for the sanctuary of his brother’s farm in a remote northern valley.
And so they begin the long trek across a country fast descending into barbarism, where the law of the gun prevails, and the civilized values they once took for granted become the price they must pay if they are to survive.